Catholic Youth Parramatta

pilgrims PRAYER

A prayer for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's pilgrims travelling to World Youth Day 2011 Madrid.


Ever loving God, we give you thanks for the many blessing we receive in this life. Thank you for the gift of World Youth Day to our young people. We ask your blessing on all our Pilgrims at World Youth Day in Madrid. Bless them on their pilgrimage and help them to build on the many graces and experiences that were the fruit of the World Youth Day in Sydney.


Guide them along right paths by bestowing on them the power of the Holy Spirit, so that they may continue to be your witnesses in the world.


May this pilgrimage renew their faith and confidence in you, and strengthen the bond of communion as they journey together, so that the fruits of their experience might bring renewal to the Church of Parramatta.


We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and in the name of our Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.



Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Pray for us.

Blessed John Paul II. Pray for us.

Loyola & Pamplona: Buenas chicos y chicas!


From Donna's Group (Donna, Rachel, Kris, Nicole),
Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese


I had been particularly looking forward to today since choosing the Pilgrim Way package. Part of my schooling was at a Jesuit school, so visiting plages where St Ignatius was born, ministered etc has been very special for me.

It was particularly nice to be reminded that St Ignatius came from very rich beginnings (his family home was huge!), and he chose to stay in a cave, (which back in his day had an unbelievable view, but was super small). A bit of fun was had, when all the ex-Loyola college, Mount Druitt pilgrims had a photo outside of the St Ignatius' family castle...

...Celebrating morning Mass at Loyola was the highlight of my day. It was breathtaking being surrounded by such history and the religious significance St Ignatius brings to our faith. Fr Fernando reminded us of our true journey as we begin our way to Madrid as pilgrims on a pilgrimage and not as tourists as it has been easy to be swept away by picturesque views and vibrant cities. Together we reflected on maintaining the balance between fun and growing closer to God and our spirituality.


Next stop was Pamplona (home of the running of the bulls). I stood looking down a hill at one point and thought I could actually hear people yelling and bulls charging through the street...

...Lunch today at Pamplona was big, tasty and inexpensive - traits that all desire in a meal. Entering the restaurant at about 2pm, we were all flabbergasted at the beautiful decor and exotic bathrooms. After being seated, a waiter somewhat lacking in English came to take orders. Tom ordered a coke while mum and Rose ordered white and red wine. The waiter returned with salt shakers and two bottles of wine. What followed was a mixture of both Spanish, English, sign language and confusion all around. Overall, lunch was delicious and way too filling; massive entrees, eve bigger mains,  bread and dessert with a salt shaker is the ultimate combo for one not wanting dinner. Gotta love Spain!...

...Now sitting on the bus headed to the old city of Logrono - tomorrow we are headed to MADRID!

Posted by web at 9:28 AM

Comments & Responses

Hi Donna & All Pilgrims,
It has been great to hear from you.Thank you so much to share with us your amazing experiences, St Ignatius, Lourdes. Thank you for the spiritual nourishment we received & love it from your pilgrimage journey. We like very much Rachel's story about Pamplona. Our love & prayers go with you. God Bless you all.
Posted by: Renata & Family on 16/08/2011 4:00:54 PM(Reply)

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